N800 Technical English for the Energy Industry

Course Facts

Course Code:
10 days
Certificate Issued Upon Completion


This course is designed to build on participants English Language knowledge by providing them with an enhanced technical and semi-technical vocabulary, applicable to the specific functional language relevant to their workplace. The course focuses on the Energy industry and includes safety, exploration, equipment descriptions, processes and systems.

Duration and Training Method

The course will provide a stimulating and interactive environment, utilising a variety of training methods including:
  • Classroom lectures using specific energy industry course material.
  • Multimedia presentations.
  • Role plays to allow participants to practice and enhance communicative ability.
  • Assessments including Pre-Course and End of Course Tests.

‘Oil and Gas 2’, published by Oxford University Press, will be used as the primary teaching and learning resource for this course. A copy of this book will be provided to each course participant.

In addition participants will be expected to complete assignments to support and reinforce the knowledge they have gained through the activities undertaken each day.

On completion of this course, participants will have attained overall Awareness Competence Level in English Language knowledge, relevant to the Energy Industry.

At overall Level 1: Awareness, participants completing this course will be able to:

  1. Build an understanding of English terminology, vocabulary and grammar specifically related to the oil and gas industry.
  2. Express industry specific vocabulary in the correct context.
  3. Relate to typical industry texts, processes and issues using English.
  4. Improve confidence and overall ability using English in day to day work place scenarios.
  5. Develop listening skills to better understand English spoken by native speakers.
Learning English in today’s globalised world is vitally important. English is the worldwide standard language for the Energy Industry, and this course will help participants gain a competitive edge in their industry and help further their careers.

The course develops the four language skills in English for Specific Purposes (ESP):


Uses authentic texts that energy industry technicians will use in everyday life, such as instruction manuals.

Speaking and listening

Communicative pair work and group tasks practice real-life communication situations, such as describing and giving information about equipment and jobs, giving instructions and warnings and discussing workplace problems.


Tasks motivate students by developing knowledge of useful language for different text types, such as accident report forms and written notes and instructions.

On successful completion of this course participants will receive certification from a British Council accredited provider.

The course is presented in units. Each unit will focus on a different career job within in the Energy sector, these examples help relate English used to a professional and relevant energy sector environment.

Each unit will also focus on a grammar point, Unit 2 for example explores Past Simple. 

The tutor will also introduce different topics within each unit in order to maximise class time, and help different student types. Topics will vary in each unit, but a course overview is shown below. Topics may be subject to change within each unit.

Getting Started

  • Introductions and Expectations
  • Entry Test
  • Personal Objectives

Unit 1 - Oil and Gas Today

  • Focus on a trainee instrument engineer
  • Topics include: Reading exercise - Petroleum process
  • Grammar: Present Simple


Unit 2 – Discovery

  • Focus on a seismic acquisition crew member
  • Topics include: Reading and listening Exercise - History and effects of Oil
  • Grammar: Past Simple 

Unit 3 – Hydrocarbons

  • Focus on a petroleum chemist
  • Topics include: Listening exercise – The formation of oil gas
  • Grammar: Nouns and Articles

Unit 4 - Exploration

  • Focus on a geology lab technician
  • Topics include: Reading exercise - Research methods
  • Grammar: The Passive 

Unit 5 - Drilling

  • Focus on a wireline logger
  • Topics include: Listening exercise - Drilling crews
  • Grammar: Prepositions

Unit 6 – Environmental Protection

  • Focus on a environmental engineer
  • Topics include: Writing task - write a professional email
  • Grammar: cause and result 

Unit 7 – Engineering and construction

  • Focus on an offshore engineer
  • Topics include: Reading exercise – Oil Platforms
  • Grammar: Intonation in questions

Unit 8 – Production

  • Focus on an installation manager
  • Topics include: Listening exercise – Floating production, storage, and offtake facilities.
  • Grammar: Past Simple v Present Perfect

Unit 9 – Transportation and Storage

  • Focus on an oil tank pilot
  • Topics include: Speaking exercise – Using visuals in a presentation
  • Grammar: Comparatives / Superlatives / Adjectives

Who should attend

This course is designed for a variety of staff within the Energy Industry from Technician to Management level. Participants should be around the Intermediate level of English. An online placement test will be made available for all participants.

Prerequisites and linking courses

To benefit from the course participants will be expected to have reached intermediate level in General English. The course will also benefit upper intermediate level learners.

This course provides the ideal foundation for the course N097 (Introduction to the Oil and Gas Industry).